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350087 FS MB1I - Specialization Course Research Seminar Sportsinformatics and Biomechanics (2020S)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 35 - Sportwissenschaft
Continuous assessment of course work

Studierende des European Masters in Public Health & Physical Activity aus Rom haben Vorrang für die Teilnahme an dieser Lehrveranstaltung.


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 30 participants
Language: English



Postponed to end of summer. Schedule will be updated as soon as the new dates are available.


Aims, contents and method of the course

This course will offer an overview into the field of Applied Biomechanics an its underlying methods, especially focusing on motion and gait analyses.

Following topics will be discussed:
* Introduction into methods of motion and gait analyses
* Measurement of two-dimensional kinematics during gait
* Three-dimensional kinematics
* Biomechanics of standing - postural sway
* Ground reaction force during normal gait
* Kinetic parameters during gait

* Basic knowledge in Excel
* Basic knowledge in English

Assessment and permitted materials

* Group work for analyses of example - data during the lecture
* Short term paper of captured data and subsequent analyses
* Participation in lecture, discussion and practical work in the laboratory

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

* Provide students with a basic understanding of biomechanics during gait and standing and methods for measuring / estimating kinematics and kinetics.
* Students should be able to carry out simple (two-dimensional) motion analyses and should be able to calculate kinematic parameters of body segments after this course.
* Further students should be able to understand the basic modeling approaches which are used in motion and gait analyses and their limitations.
* Make Students sensitive to understand the essence of problems in (human) motion analysis and to create an idea of the methodical issues. Deeper insight into the problems is provided by recommendations of suitable literature.

Examination topics

* oral presentation and discussion
* group work: analyses of given data and examples
* group work: capturing data in the Biomechanics Laboratory

Reading list

Nigg, B., & Herzog, W. (2007). Biomechanics of the musculo-skeletal system (3rd ed.). Hoboken NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Winter, D. A. (2005). Biomechanics and motor control of human movement (3rd ed.). Hoboken New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons.

Kirtley, C. (2006). Clinical gait analysis theory and practice. Edinburgh: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone.

Kamen, G., & Gabriel, D. A. (2010). Essentials of electromyography. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Association in the course directory


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